Representative Rose Speaks in Defense of Israel

May 21, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—This week, U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-6) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in defense of our nation’s strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel, amid the ongoing attacks by Hamas terrorists targeting civilians throughout the Jewish state and prior to the cease-fire that was established early this morning.

Full Remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my steadfast support for the nation of Israel—our closest and greatest ally in the Middle East.

Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, has been targeting civilians by firing thousands of rockets on Israeli cities. These attacks are both tragic and unacceptable, and Israel undeniably has the right to continue to defend itself.

As Hamas continues these attacks, the United States must show its unwavering support for Israel, condemn this aggression by Hamas, and sanction those who fund terrorism – such as Iran. 

That is why I am a cosponsor of the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act, introduced by Representative Brian Mast. America does not tolerate those who fund terrorists, and this legislation would put in place sanctions on governments and individuals that do.

The nation of Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and the relationship we share is indispensable. With the world watching, we must send a clear message to Hamas, Islamist Jihadists, and those that fund them that the United States stands with Israel.

I unequivocally support our friend, Israel, and recognize it’s right to self-defense in the face of these horrific assaults by Hamas.

I pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the safety of all Israelis.

I yield back.

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U.S. Representative John Rose is currently serving his second term representing Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their two sons, Guy, and Sam. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties. Representative Rose is an eighth-generation farmer, small business owner, and attorney, and currently serves on the Financial Services Committee.